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Letta to use 'international' stage to save marines

'Happy with EU support, Italian House delegation to India

17 January, 13:07
Letta to use 'international' stage to save marines (see related) (ANSA) - Rome, January 17 GEN - Premier Enrico Letta on Friday vowed to move on an "international level" to keep two Italian marines from facing the death penalty in India for allegedly killing two Indian fishermen. Letta spoke after meeting with Foreign Minister Emma Bonino and Defence Minister Mario Mauro, ahead of an Indian Supreme Court hearing on the case as soon as Monday. The premier added he "was happy with the solidarity expressed by the European Union and a plan to send an Italian House delegation to New Delhi". In a statement issued after the meeting, the government reiterated its "firm expectation that the Indian government would keep its assurances...that the case in question does not fall under anti-piracy norms (that include capital punishment as a possible sentence).